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Habitat celebrates partner families

Monday, November 28, 2011

In the photo above, Karen Nevin, past Habitat president, greets partner families who were invited to attend a special Thanksgiving dinner hosted and prepared by Habitat board members and volunteers last Monday night. The special event included a bountiful buffet, and each of the five families also received a food basket. [Photos courtesy of Linda Schelin]
It was a special evening of thanksgiving as the Monett/Purdy Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, committee members and spouses hosted a Thanksgiving meal for the organization's five partner families.

The dinner was served in the fellowship hall of the First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church in Monett last Monday, Nov. 21. The evening began with a meet and mingle game followed by a bountiful meal. Rev. Ron Stair, president of the local Habitat affiliate, and Karen Nevin, past president, spoke about the active roles partner families play in building Habitat homes.

Houses are built with, not for, partner families. Families help build future houses, and those houses are sold to the partner families at cost with no interest loans and no profit to the affiliate. Partner families put in a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity to build their own homes.

Gifts and food baskets were presented to the Brandi and Jody Cooper family, the Carrie and Fred Jobe family, the Sophia and Alberto Peralta family and the Guadalupe Castro family at the meal. The Michael Campbell family was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

Carrie Jobe expressed her appreciation to the local Habitat group and said she was looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving at her house this year.

"I thank Habitat for Humanity for our home, so I can have my side of the family here for Thanksgiving," said Carrie. "They are coming from Powersite, Missouri."

Habitat board members and volunteers who attended the Thanksgiving meal and helped provide food included: Jay Apostol, Shelly Enloe, Karen and Walt Hamer, Judy Hudson, Marlene and Bob Mareth, Vicki and Robert McGuire, Karen Nevin, Jane and Ron Overeem, Margaret Prim, Harold and Linda Schelin, Jo and Ron Stair and Linda and Bill VanEaton.

"We are grateful to the surrounding community for their generous support of this ministry," said Stair.

In the coming year, the Monett/Purdy affliate of Habitat is considering a new focus called "A Brush with Kindness." This project refurbishes, remodels and repairs established homes rather than building a new house from the ground up.

The affiliate is always seeking donations to help complete future homes and always lookiing for new directors and volunteers who enjoy building. Groups and individuals can also get involved with Habitat by providing snacks and lunches for the Saturday build crews.

"We are currently taking a respite from any type of building; however, we hope to start a project in the early spring," said Stair.

For more information, contact Rev. Stair at 235-7233.

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